Missionaries in their natural settings:
Elder Toanna, and Elder Tarati.
More Kiribati elders at right: Elders Matiare, Toanna and Karekataake. (And yes, we can pronounce their names properly.)
Sisters Ucunibaravi (Fiji), Tenoa (Kiribati) Lavulavu (Hawaii) Alafoki, Anitoni & Mafi (Tonga) Terurua (Kiribati) and Talataina (Samoa)
|Intake of Elder Grover ( Idaho) Ward (Arizona) Lelenoa (Samoa) Trussel (Texas) Raika (Fiji) Fa'aliu (Tonga) Tekabwere (Kiribati, Memea (Samoa) and Banemone (Kiribati)|
Top row: Sister Teitei, Sister Kanee, Sister Banimone, Sister Mafi; bottom: Sis. Tauteoli (Utah), Apineru, Balenecagi (Fiji) and Baabo. Sister Shaw wanted to have an all-sisters preparation day activity, and they had a lot of fun. Sister Bush is the photographer.
Sister Kanee served 6 months in her native Kiribati while waiting for her visa to the Perth, Australia Mission. Others: Tauteoli, Apineru & Teaeki (Christmas Island, Kiriba
|Elders Fa'aliu, Tuilahingingie (California) Josh Whippy, Saksak, Lelenoa, Monson (Firth, Idaho) Tiontin, Jared Whippy, Atata (Vanuatu) and Raika|
It's a challenge for these brethren to keep the church rolling with little contact with church leaders. All of them have to come in by plane, from 30 minutes to 2 hours on planes that carry 17 passengers and fly only once a week to their islands, in some cases. We get out to see them once or twice a year. Other that this training and those visits, the missionaries are the only other resource in a personal way. Our service center people also help with facilities on those islands that have church buildings, but over half of them just meet in maneabas like the ones below.
|Beru chapel, inside and out|
Abemama. The day they were set apart, there were 23 attending. They started visiting less actives and had 37 the next week, 42 the week after, including 4 people studying with the missionaries
|bush chapel on North Tarawa.|
|Chapel built by members and missionaries. From left, Elder Tarati, Elder Mickelsen, Elder Bush, President Enery.|
|chapel in Majuro|